After a strong two-medal performance in the junior women’s hammer on Friday, high school teammates Adam Kelly (Barrington, RI) and Bobby Colantonio (Barrington, RI) closed out the action for Team USA on Sunday. This time it was Chile that swept the first two spots led by Humberto Mansilla. Mansilla was one of the favorites entering the competition, but added nearly two feet to his best and broke 80 meters for the first time to easily secure the win. He led from start to finish with five of his throws far enough to win.
En route to his win Mansilla beat out world leader Joaquin Gomez of Argentina, who also set the world youth all-time best years ago with the 5-kilogram hammer two years ago. Gomez actually had to settle for third behind fellow Chilean Gabriel Kehr. Kelly finished as the top American in fifth place, while Colantonio was close behind in seventh.
2015 PanAmerican Junior Track & Field Championships – 8/2/2015 Foote Field, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Event 40 Men Hammer Throw Junior (6k Hammer) ================================================================ Top 8 to Final WJR Leader: ^ 80.59m 5/31/2015 Joaquin GOMEZ, ARG JR World Rec: $ 85.57m 6/14/2012 Ashraf Amgad ELSEIFY, QAT Meet Record: # 78.38m 2009 Reinier Mejias CABRERA, CUB Name Year Team Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Humberto Mansilla 96 Chile 80.21m# 73.47m 76.62m 78.17m 78.22m 80.21m 76.67m 2 Gabriel Kehr 96 Chile 74.42m 70.46m FOUL 74.42m 70.74m FOUL FOUL 3 Joaquin Gomez 96 Argentina Republic 73.65m 68.43m FOUL 70.16m 73.03m 69.79m 73.65m 4 Luis Gustavo Silva 96 Brazil 69.84m FOUL 67.62m 69.84m FOUL 66.14m 68.71m 5 Adam Kelly 97 United States 69.11m FOUL 66.81m 63.79m 69.11m 66.68m 68.82m 6 Juan Cruz Romano 96 Argentina Republic 68.83m 68.63m 68.83m FOUL 67.55m 67.25m 66.33m 7 Robert Colantonio 98 United States 66.69m FOUL 66.69m FOUL 60.71m 65.10m 65.45m 8 Juan Guillermo Romaña Ro 96 Colombia 63.76m 63.76m 62.41m FOUL 62.53m FOUL FOUL 9 Aaron Stroda 96 Canada 61.81m 61.81m FOUL 57.93m 10 Samuel Coulson-Willett 97 Canada 57.16m FOUL 57.16m FOUL